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Friday, May 13, 2011

Another fabulous swap...

We're just wrapping up our Mother's Day Vintage Brooch swap over at A Swap for All Seasons.  Linda, our swap hostess, comes up with the most fabulous ideas for swaps...and if you're ever thinking of trying a swap, this is a good one.  The next swap will be announced on June 1st...and it's a Birthday Card Swap...that sounds like fun.  I wonder if we'll be making cards or if we'll be swapping vintage birthday cards...we'll know in a couple weeks.

My partner for the Mother's Day Vintage Brooch swap was the very talented Thespa from Vintiquities Workshop.  The wonderful brooch above is the one she sent me & it's awesome...so much texture & dimension.  Don't you love how she has pinned it to an altered seed packet, too? 

As I opened my package, I had to giggle about the tissue paper inside...it has lots of little palm trees on it...my very favorite trees!!!  No palm trees in OH...well, except for our faux palm tree floor lamp & the small one in our kitchen window.  Inside of that special tissue paper was this beautiful package...
Isn't the flower pot awesome?  I love turquoise & vintage, so it's perfect for me.  See those goodies inside?
Lots of treasures were packed inside.

In addition to the beautiful brooch, Thespa created a lovely floral pin with the sweetest little gold brooch attached to the front of it.  And all wrapped up in a gauzy bag was the dahlia to plant.  I opened the plastic bag it arrived in & it's already starting to show a stem & leaves...I'll be getting that into a pot soon...for some outside color this summer.  Thespa tells me she picked the dahlia both for it's gorgeous color & for the way it mimics the vintage brooch she sent.  Brilliant!

Thanks, Thespa...it's been fun getting to know you & swapping with you.  That's the best part about Linda's swaps...many of them assign you a partner & you get to meet a new person with similar ideas & creativity...that's the real treasure from her swaps.

Now here's what I sent to Thespa...
I guess we both were thinking turquoise...I altered a book shaped box for her.  Had to add a paper flower with just a bit of bling, too.
Inside the box was the brooch I picked out for Thespa.  It's one that was my maternal Grandma's...I picked it for the bling & for the fact it was set in a silver tone setting...Thespa said she preferred silver to gold.  I'm a silver girl, too...so I understand.  I pinned it to a vintage doily from my collection.
And here's a closeup look at the brooch.  One of my favorites, now passed on to it's new home with my new friend.  Thanks to Thespa & to Linda for dreaming up such a wonderful swap.


  1. Both of these packages are lovely...the vintage colors, images and that bling are just gorgeous!

  2. Wow! What beautiful stuff you both received and sent. Looks like a very fun swap.

  3. Debbie, I love it all! Great brooches, beautiful handmade packaging... 2 very talented swappers! By the way, I entered the giveaway for some of your delicious hand-dyed ribbon- I hope I win! Linda

  4. Debbie -- the brooch package you got from Thespa is beautiful, as is the altered book box you made for her. Do I recognize a Red Lead cottage altered on the cover? It's fabulous! I'm sure your friend will treasure your grandmother's brooch -- it's lovely!

  5. Thanks, y'all! And yes, that is a Red Lead cottage on the cover of the book box I made. Those little chipboard cottages & other shapes of theirs are great for altered art.


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